Wendi S. Williams
Assistant Professor of Counseling
B.S., University of California at DavisM.A., Pepperdine University Ph.D., Georgia State University
Dr. Wendi Williams is a counseling psychologist with a strong commitment to social justice and advocacy for all members of our diverse society. Her interests include the development, implementation and evaluation of school and community-based interventions aimed at promoting optimal health and well-being of urban youth and their families. In her work, school and youth/family-focused community organizations are conceived as sites through which critical consciousness can be cultivated in order to promote relevant societal change and justice, which is a pathway to improved mental health and well-being.
Additional research interests include the role of ethnicity and culture for psychological resilience, the development of resilience communities and the effects of multiple marginalized identities on identity development. Her scholarship has focused on work place discrimination, internalized racial oppression among persons of African descent, women’s multiple roles, the identity of women of African descent, and the infusion of social justice and multiculturalism in counseling and counselor training.
Dr. Williams is a graduate of the doctoral program in counseling psychology at Georgia State University with a specialty in multicultural counseling with clinical child populations and families. She teaches courses in group counseling, personality theory, research design and psychopathology.
Dr. Williams serves on the executive boards of the American Psychological Association, Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women), Section 1 (Black Women), and the New York Association of Black Psychologists (NYABPsi). She also serves on the advisory committee for the Adelaide Sanford Institute.
- Co-author, "Validating work discrimination and coping strategy model for sexual minorities," published in Career Development Quarterly (2009)
- Co-author, “A psychometric examination of the Africentric Scale: Challenges in measuring Africentric values,” published in the Journal of Black Studies (2005)
- Member, Executive Board, American Psychological Association, Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women), Section 1 (Black Women)
- Member, Executive Board, New York Association of Black Psychologists (NYABPsi)